Isabella Macbeth (second from left) is just as comfortable behind the raw bar of seafood stalwart Nico as she is onstage competing against pro shuckers from across the US. Hear from Macbeth—pictured here with competitive shucker Brooklyn Paul, North Carolina oyster farmer Ryan Bethea, and Pearlz bar manager Nate Alton—in this issue’s 15 Minutes With.
“Shucker Queen” Isabella Macbeth works as the raw bar manager at French oyster bar Nico.
Walking Buddy: “Lucy Goosey and I love walking around Hampton Park, especially in early spring when the flowers bloom.”
Open Mind: “My New Year’s resolution is to always try and say, ‘Yes!’ I want to continue to explore and try new things.”
Comfort Foods: “Burritos, hand-pulled barbecue, and collard greens with rice and hash. Also shrimp and grits!”
Shucking Tunes: “I’ve always been a classical music and trance follower but recently branched out with the help of Molly Durnin & LP.”
On Point: “My dream knife right now is Emergo Design’s ’The Hugo;‘ it’s a solid titanium oyster knife from the Netherlands.”
The Charleston native regularly competes against pro shuckers from across the country